Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 17th December!
On the 17th December 2010, Mr. Don van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart passed away at the age of 69. The American musician, artist and poet died from complications from multiple sclerosis. Captain Beefheart recorded 13 studio albums and his very unique style has influenced many artists, like Beck, PJ Harvey and Tom Waits.
Beefheart’s music was a fresh and innovative mixture of Rock, Blues, Psychedelia and Avant-Garde. Beside his powerful voice, he played all kind of instruments. From 1965 until 1982 he was the frontman of the Magic Band. With their cover of Bo Diddley’s „Diddy Wah Diddy“ and the debut album „Safe as Milk“ the band became more popular. Frank Zappa, who signed Captain Beefheart for his label Straight Records, produced the masterpiece „Trout Mask Replica“ (1969).
In 1982 Don van Vliet retired from the music scene and concentrated more on his career in art, doing mainly sculptures, drawings and paintings. His work was exhibited in galleries all over the world.
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